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Can Your Eyes Handle the Superformance MKIII-R Cobra's New-Age Aero?

Sold as a roller, this Cobra is ready and able to smoke rubber after your choice of Ford V-8 is installed.

Superformance builds some serious replica cars, but this latest variant of the MK III Cobra roadster is something else. It's important to note, before delving into the specifics, that this MKIII-R—a limited-edition version—only comes as a roller, and it's up to the buyer to source and install an engine and a transmission. And just by looking at the thing, no junkyard 302 is going to cut it. This puppy needs some firepower.

Why? For one, this is a modernized, high-performance take on the classic wide-body Cobra shape. There are a ton of aero bits added to exterior, including an aggressive front splitter and a wide rear diffuser. While Superformance says the add-ons improve aero (but not by how much—but who's concerned about aero on a Cobra?), they add a lot of visual oomph to the body. The most eye-catching additions are the deep scallops behind the front and rear wheel wells, complete with strakes. They're open to the wheel wells and really pop in profile.

Underneath, the MKIII-R features a reinforced chassis and standard Wilwood four-piston brakes, with six-piston units optional. The interior is trimmed in leather, double-stitched with body-color thread, and instead of more traditional gauges the company uses Superformance-branded electronic gauges. Some niceties, like air conditioning and a hard top, are available.

Note that there was a previous MKIII-R, and in that one, the "R" stood for Roush, part of a partnership that saw the engine builder's 427 SR V-8 slip between the front fenders. This new MKIII-R shares its name but not the Roush connection, and, again, buyers must determine which engine goes into the roller. Lance Stander, CEO of Superformance, tells us that he imagines lots of these will receive Coyote 5.0-liter V-8s and yes, probably a few Roush crate engines. The one seen in these photos features a 427 SR just like its predecessor.

Superformance is only planning to build 20 of these per year, and they'll start at $79,900. The order books are open, so if this MKIII-R gets your engine racing, you know what to do.